Science for health

Creating research connections

The second edition of Science for health will take place on 19 November 2021! This event will highlight personalized medicine and how big data drives innovation in healthcare.

About Science for health

At this yearly event, experts are connected around a central theme to promote out-of-the-box thinking and spark new research collaborations. This strengthens the local ecosystem and creates inspired solutions improving the life of patients.

Meet academics, industry leaders and policymakers — Get inspired and join forces!

Science for health is a joint organization from the following partners:

Data science and personalized medicine

19 November 2021
Brussels, Belgium

The next edition will focus on the use of big data sets in translational applications. With the increasing availability of (bio)medical data, and the advances in AI and machine learning, personalized medicine comes within reach.

We’re building an inspiring program with international keynotes, sharing their insights on

  •  The future role of AI in healthcare
  • How data can be extracted, annotated and combined to create powerful analytical opportunities
  • How data can be gathered and analyzed in an ethical way
  • How these tools are being applied in the clinic

This year’s speakers include:

Gabriel Chodick

Head of Department of Epidemiology & Database Research, Maccabi Healthcare Services

Mike Snyder

Director of the Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine, Stanford University

Heidi Mertes

Professor in Ethics, Ghent University

Xosé Fernández

Chief Data Officer, Institut Curie

Yves Moreau

Professor of Engineering, KU Leuven

Olivier Gevaert

Assistant Professor of Medicine – Biomedical Informatics and Biomedical Data Science, Stanford University


Plenary Breakout
9:00 - 10:00 Registration and coffee
10:00 - 10:20 Welcome and introduction of new initiatives in the local ecosystem by Dirk Reyn (Chairman of the Board of Directors,
10:20 - 10:45

Gabriel Chodick (Maccabi Healthcare Services)

The use of real-world evidence research in primary care settings: achievements, challenges, and future perspectives from Maccabitech

10:45 - 11:10

Gijs de Wit (NKI)

Repurposing targeted anti-cancer drugs; the DRUP-trial

11:10 - 11:40 Coffee break
11:40 - 12:05

Kaisa Immonen (European Patients Forum)

Patients perspectives on data and AI in healthcare

12:05 - 12:30

Heidi Mertes (UGent)

Ethical perspectives on big data in healthcare: achieving the good, but not the bad and the ugly

12:30 - 13:45 Networking lunch
Parallel session: Federated data networks Parallel session: Data utilization
13:45 - 14:10

James N’Dow (University of Aberdeen)

The benefits and challenges of federated data networks

Xosé Fernández (Institut Curie)

A data narrative in oncology

14:10 - 14:35

Yves Moreau (KU Leuven)

Privacy preserving analysis: the ATHENA project

Hans Cobben (Summa Equity)

Data utilization: case studies and examples

14:35 - 15:05 Coffee break
15:05 - 15:30

Olivier Gevaert (Stanford University)

Multi-modal biomedical data fusion with the STAnford medicine Research data Repository (STARR)

15:30 - 16:15 Panel discussion: Synergizing stakeholders for the future of Belgian data science

Nick Marly (Cabinet of Minister of Social Affairs and Public Health)
Liesbeth Peeters (UHasselt)
Bart Vannieuwenhuyse (Janssen Pharmaceutica)
Heidi Mertes (UGent)
Gabriel Chodick (Maccabi Healthcare Services)

Moderator, Ann van Gysel (Turnstone Communications)
16:15 - 16:45

Mike Snyder (Stanford Medicine)

The future of AI and big data in healthcare

16:45 - 16:50 Closing statements by Willem Dhooge (Co-General Manager,
16:50 - 17:50 Networking reception

Register now!

Join us in Brussels or attend the inspiring talks online on November 19th. members: €60
non-members: €100 members (digital only): €40
non-members (digital only): €60 

2019 edition / Focus on cell therapy

Bringing together the cell therapy experts

Reaching a balanced audience of 327 participants, the event was sold out over 1 month in advance

Excellent networking opportunities

19 cell therapy companies and research institutes presented their work at a (free) booth, resulting in high-quality interaction with the ecosystem

An inspiring program

15 (inter)national top speakers gave talks covering all aspects from research to clinical and regulatory to stimulate discussion. Dr Carl June, the father of CAR T immunotherapy, opened the conference.

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